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Weekly-ish writing update – Nov. 20, 2017: What have I done for the last 2 weeks?

Uugggghhhh. That’s how much of my last two weeks has felt. I skipped a week of reporting on my progress because I felt flat out too wiped out to summon the energy to record a video and write about how tired I was. Yay. I realize I have a blessed life. I truly know it….

Weekly writing update – Nov. 5, 2017: Rollercoasters

In the writing update video I recorded on Friday, I seem very happy about my productivity and progress this week. And I should be. I got some good stuff done that is helping me move forward. That’s great. What I totally forgot to mention in the video was the bottomless pit I stumbled into early…

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 29, 2017: just hanging in there

There’s something that happens inside me when I get sick with an illness that makes me horribly tired. Some part of my emotional self thinks I’m 17 again and newly stricken with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrom and Fibromyalgia. I still remember that April. I thought I was ill with a cold or flu-like thing….

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 20, 2017: My voice croaked, I didn’t

I rarely get sick. I’m too stubborn. I feel a cold coming on and refuse it passage through my body. It usually works. And it did, all last week. I felt something trying to take hold and I refused it entry. Until Sunday afternoon and it just hit me. I’m blaming it on #MeToo, as…

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 13, 2017: Progress is progress

Well, I got stuff done this past week. Was it enough? Who knows. It was something, though, and that really is better than nothing. I always want to do more than is reasonable to accomplish. Sometimes I can. And other times I have to settle for mere-human amounts of productivity. Given that I’ve published five…

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 6, 2017: picking myself up after a fall

Since July, I’ve been making (almost) weekly videos about what’s going on in my writing life. I have no idea why I decided to do this. I think to keep me honest and give me accountability. Every week, I tell the world (or whoever’s willing to watch) what I have and haven’t done. I like…

Flying sick and the importance of breathing

I knew, finally sitting on our long flight across the country, shivering and shaking under our pile of coats, that I’d face repercussions for this. I didn’t know what else to do, other than fly home sick with the kids. But I knew it wasn’t going to just be OK. “This isn’t terrible,” I tell…

One year later

A year ago I left my full-time job — the thing I thought was my career. It was creative and rewarding, fast-paced and demanding. I was part of something bigger than myself, working for a non-profit and getting paid pretty decently. I’d been promoted twice in as many years, taken on increasing responsibility and a…

8 steps to procrastinating efficiently

As it turns out, being laid off is hard on your psyche. (So is weaning off your SSRI in the fall, but that’s another post.) I enjoyed a summer of being in limbo where I couldn’t really get to work on my consulting business. I was on severance, so I couldn’t apply for the state’s…

Changes, they are a-coming

Changes are probably coming to this lovely little, much neglected blog of mine. Why? Why fix something that’s already broken? Well, I’m taking two courses this semester in a desperate bid to finish my undergraduate degree. One is Communication Through New Media and the other is a Capstone in Communications project. Both involve looking like…